TOLED, Spain (Jun. 8)
A dedicated group known as Sepharad 92 is working against time to complete its project — “The Rediscovery of Jewish Spain” — by 1992, the year Spain will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus discovery of the New World.
It will also be the quincentennial of the expulsion of Jews from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
While the commemoration of the voyage of discovery will be an acknowledgment , the rediscovery of Jewish Spain will be an acknowledgment of what Spain lost when its Jews were banished.
Sepharad 92 is working in close collaboration with the government as well as public and private organizations in Spain and other countries to accomplish its ambitious agenda.
To help the government disseminate information about the history and culture of Spanish Jews, Sepharad 92 announced last week that it will recreate the famous Toledo school of translators by 1992.
Spanish Jews contributed greatly to the school, which was vital in transmitting classical culture to Europe.
Jews who lived in Toledo and elsewhere in Spain were also noted for their scientific accomplishments in the fields of fields of astronomy, cartography and medicine.
Noteworthy, too, were the contributions made by Spanish Jews who served as royal advisers, politicians, financiers and community leaders.
Many Jews were ministers in both the Moslem and Christian states of Spain at a time when that was impossible in the rest of Europe.
Sepharad 92 intends to call attention to that history through high school and university courses; of international scope; and congresses, symposia and a large-scale traveling exhibition to tour cities in Spain and abroad.
The group plans to publish books, leaflets and journals and to restore monuments of religious and artistic interest.